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Understanding Vertigo Through the Body’s Different Systems

understanding-vertigo-through-the-bodys-different-systemsWe’ve established a reputation as reliable upper cervical chiropractors in Monmouth, NJ. Through our years of practice, we’ve seen how the different systems in the body can cause vertigo attacks to happen.  

In case you don’t know, vertigo is usually a symptom of either a vestibular condition or a neurological condition. On occasion, it can be a symptom of something serious like a stroke or heart attack. But what we’ll discuss in this article are several of the less severe causes of vertigo.  

First of all, “getting older” will not be on this list. Getting older does not mean that you have to resign yourself to living with vertigo. Second, vertigo can cause dangerous falls, as experienced by one in three senior citizens each year.  

Some people who experience bad falls are never able to return to a healthy, independent lifestyle. Others may not even survive at all. That said, finding help for vertigo could be a matter of life and death.  

We are writing this article to give you a deeper understanding of vertigo and how some of the vital systems of the body may play a role in this condition. Towards the end, we will also introduce a safe and effective form of natural relief, which may change your life for the better.  

After reading this, we hope you will be more informed about this condition. Feel free to pass this along to a friend or loved one.  

Now, let’s explain some of the common causes of vertigo.  

The Vestibular System and Vertigo

The inner ear and vestibular nerve send signals to the brain that help determine balance and spatial orientation. NASA, in fact, did research on the effects of space travel on the vestibular system.  

Many vestibular causes of vertigo are called idiopathic, meaning that the underlying cause isn’t known. And while vestibular causes of vertigo vary, it is commonly attributed to the inner ear because of the role it plays in the body’s ability to balance itself. 

The Central Nervous System and Vertigo  

Some of the more serious causes of vertigo come from the central nervous system. Since the brain interprets signals from the ear, any interference may result in vertigo. Here are some examples: 

  • Migraines – This neurological disorder is most known for debilitating headaches. However, about 40% of migraine patients experience vertigo as a migraine symptom. Patients who deal with silent migraines (headache-free migraines) may also experience vertigo attacks.
  • Multiple sclerosis – MS occurs when the body attacks the nerves and destroys the myelin sheath. As a result, scar tissue begins to form. Vertigo is just one of the many and varied symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • Medication side effects – Some drugs change how the brain works. Others affect the vascular system, resulting in less blood and oxygen flow to the brain.

These are just a few examples to show the link between the central nervous system and vertigo. But why does vertigo occur after physical trauma? 

The Cervical Spine and Vertigo 

Both the ears and the central nervous system (CNS) are prone to the effects of upper cervical misalignments. This is because of the proximity of the ears and atlas, the top vertebra in the neck.  

The atlas surrounds and protects the brainstem. If the atlas continues to be misaligned, it can quickly become a hindrance, causing other disorders to arise.  

When an accident or injury occurs, some patients immediately develop vertigo. The attacks may take place months later, even years later. Often, they are accompanied by other symptoms, making the condition more debilitating and painful to deal with.  

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Vertigo Relief 

Especially if you are suffering from an atlas misalignment due to injury or trauma, upper cervical chiropractic care can provide a natural form of relief. In one study conducted on 60 vertigo patients with atlas subluxations, 48 found complete relief through upper cervical adjustments. Twelve of them experienced significant improvements.  

That then begs the question, what sets upper cervical chiropractic care apart? 

  • Focus – We mainly focus on the top bones in the neck, detect misalignments, and adjust them accurately and only as needed. 
  • Precision – Using diagnostic imaging, we take measurements to determine what gentle adjustments should be administered. We aim to correct misalignments down to fractions of a millimeter.
  • Safety – We use precise adjustments that are safe for all ages. No matter if you’re young or old, anyone with an upper cervical misalignment can benefit.

We at Upper Cervical of Monmouth offer upper cervical chiropractic care to our patients. We aim to provide non-invasive care for each and every one of them. As a principle, we stay away from the cracking and popping techniques that traditional chiropractors sometimes use.  

If you are in search of upper cervical chiropractors in Monmouth, look no further. Do not hesitate to contact our clinic for a free consultation. We would love to hear from you, and at the same time, address any lingering questions or concerns you may have.  

Otherwise, feel free to drop us a line at (732) 617-9355 or visit our website. You can also read through our patient testimonials to see how helpful our methods are when it comes to providing relief, especially for vertigo sufferers.  

Here at Upper Cervical of Monmouth, we listen, we care, and we get results.